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Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

Why the gender pay gap matters for manufacturing

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker according to Employment and Earnings, the first report of The Status of Women in the States: 2015 project....

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Pakistan unveils first armed domestic drone

March 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve all adjusted to the new paradigm of “asymmetrical” warfare, militaries have embraced drones as the premier tool against worldwide insurgencies. And with its “Buraq” indigenous armed drone, Pakistan is the latest member of the UAV club....

What it's like to fly a CV-22 Osprey

March 16, 2015 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The CV-22 Osprey is arguably one of the coolest aircraft around.

Why I dream of working at SpaceX with Elon Musk

March 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ishmeet Grewal, a Junior Computer Science and Engineering Student at The Ohio State University.

Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

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Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

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Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

March 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

Why I dream of being an astronaut

March 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jillian Yuricich a student at The Ohio State University studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in International Studies, Security and Intelligence.

Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

Do your capacitors have principles and performance?

March 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by James C. Lewis, KEMET Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Tantalum capacitors are often the first choice for engineers where a high capacitance value is required within a small case size. The MnO2 type, with manganese dioxide cathode, can operate at temperatures up to 175°C or even 200°C and also benefit ...

This Star Wars drone might be the coolest thing ever

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

March 2, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we've moved through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

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